"Art need not be intended. It comes inevitably as the tree from the root, the branch from the trunk, the blossom from the twig. None of these forget the present in looking backward or forward. They are occupied fully with the fulfillment of their own existence."

 — Robert Henri

Who is Lila Diamantopoulou...

Lila is a jewelry designer-maker, as well as teacher of craft classes, specializing in metal clay, polymer clay, and similar arts and crafts. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and has appreciated handmade things since her early childhood.

She started off her art education early, with classical drawing and painting (still life, technical drawing, nude, charcoal, pastels and acrylics). She studied both handmade jewelry and jewelry for production at the private vocational institute 'Mokume' in Athens, where she worked in depth on a wide variety of traditional silversmithing techniques. She took part in several group exhibitions and national jewelry design competitions and has won awards twice.

Afterwards, in an attempt to become familiar with more materials other than metals, and to put her love for jewelry to the test, she left for Staffordshire University, UK, where she was awarded BA(hons) Design: Crafts. She experimented with a variety of materials, such as glass, aluminum, papier mache, resins, and gradually found her style: simple, rounded, strong, organic forms, that are in balance with each other and their surroundings.

She moved on to postgraduate education at London Metropolitan University (used to be London Guildhall) for the MA Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts. Her research for her major project led her to 'discover' metal clay, a material that back in 2004 was rather unknown in the UK. She immediately fell in love with it for its properties and character: versatile and friendly, yet mysterious and magical.

In 2006 she relocated to Athens and started her own business. Along with exhibiting her work to the public, she started teaching workshops one-to-one or in small groups in collaboration with several private art schools and similar venues all over Greece.

She travels regularly to attend conferences in the USA and Europe. She is PMC certified, member of the PMC Guild and enrolled in the internationally recognized Masters' Registry Program.

Beside her specialization in silversmithing and metal clay, she has an overall knowledge for a variety of crafts such as handmade candles and soaps, felting, knitting, decoupage, lampworking and much more. She is interested in everything handmade and is an eternal student. Her latest passion is polymer clay and she is focusing on surface treatments.

Inspiration may come from anywhere or nowhere. Lila believes that design is a way of living and should be a 24/7 pursuit.

 © Lila Diamantopoulou - 2011